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Monday, December 31, 2012

On guns

I've written all I can on guns. Like many issues, everything that is logical, coherent, objective and accurate has been said or written. Those who believe guns are evil and must be banned or, better yet, confiscated will always believe it no matter how much empirical evidence is amassed and presented. Only a personal traumatic experience has a chance a an epiphany. Even then....
When all has been said, proven and done and the facts still don't matter, still don't change minds, still don't forestall anti-Freedom, anti-Liberty, anti-Life legislation, we've arrived at that fork in the road,  that tipping point when past changes America forever. Or, at least until the next Revolution brought about by tyranny. 
Assuming the Obama Administration, in concert with Congress, enact the "assault weapons" bill as envisioned by Ms. Feinstein, crunch time will have arrived. Pro, anti, apathetic, the unintended consequences will be visited upon one and all. As other countries and cultures have discovered (too late), crimes committed with guns and without will continue apace, Paradise will not be restored or established. Because there will always be evil, mentally debilitated, uncontrollable elements among us who will find the ways and means to use lethal force against the defenseless. For Ms. Feinstein, the President and Elected Officials, this is not an eventuality. They have their "protection" -- and, ironically, we're paying for it while they work to disarm us.
If that sends the Chris Matthews Tingle down your leg, click here.
For the rest of us, click here.

Not Newtown? Not News.

Did you hear or read about an incident in San Antonio, TX a few days ago? Unless you're a dedicated  News Junkie, probably not. Why? It had the stuff Big News Stories are made of that qualify for front page and prime time coverage. You can read the story here.
Was it the body count? (Not enough) Age of the victims? (Not "children") Or because it had a happy ending that contradicts the media narrative about guns?
"Only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun" -- one of the newer  pro-gun bumper stickers -- has bounced off the critical thinking of the MSM and gun control crowd. This story proves it's not a cliche.  Maybe that's why it wasn't the lead story all last week.That's managing news to support a political agenda. And it's wrong.

A picture worth 7 words


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Prepare to get creamed

I have been a Jim Bovard fan since he first visited the show shortly after the publication of Lost Rights in the mid-90's. Then came "Freedom In Chains" and a shelf full of others: Feeling Your Pain, Terrorism and Tyranny, The Bush Betrayal, Attention Deficit Democracy and just out, Public Policy Hooligan, an E-book romp through Jim's......."formative years"!

Always adding to his bona fides as a "bipartisan scourge", Jim blows the whistle on when and why you'll be paying out the udder for dairy products right after you finish off the egg nog -- in today's Wall Stree Journal. Check it out here.   

'Nuff Said


Borrowed from Gary Burns



Friday, December 28, 2012

POP QUIZ!

 Following up on my LRC piece....


So why shouldn't teachers who are both willing and able be prohibited from carrying concealed?

You may think it's a horrifying idea to arm teachers.

Did you ever think to stop and ask why you believe that, and whether your viewpoint is rational -- or whether you're being manipulated by the media and politicians for their own ends at the expense of your children?
Let's analyze this.

Do you think it's wrong to have an armed guard in your bank? How about the guy delivering the money to your grocery store in the armored car? Should he have a gun? Does your local grocery store's cash drawer -- or that of your bank -- have a higher value than your child? If you believe that the armored car or bank should have someone carrying a gun to protect that cash drawer while your child's teacher should not, that is what you believe.

How about the President? Should he have dozens of people all around him, every minute of the day, all with guns? How about Obama's two daughters -- should they have an armed Secret Service detail at their school, with guns, every single day? Do Obama's children have more value than yours? If you believe his children should have someone with a gun available to protect them but your child's teacher should be barred by law from carrying concealed and thus able to serve as a last line of defense for your child, that is what you believe.

How important are your children? More important than a drawer full of money? As important as President Obama's daughters?
 If you answered in the affirmative to both you do not want to ban guns -- you want the "Gun Free School" law repealed now and you want all teachers, administrators and staff who are willing and able to carry concealed firearms in the unlikely but possible case that a bad guy may try to murder your children.

Read the complete and compelling editorial from Karl Denninger here.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Tell me again...

...how Diane Feinstein's wet dream legislation - or any other anti-gun laws - will deal with this under-reported reality?

Thought for the day:
"There is innocent ignorance and there is invincible, dogmatic and self-righteous ignorance. Every tragic mass shooting seems to bring out examples of both among gun control advocates." Tom Sowell

Why do Freedom Lovers love LRC?

Because of the Take No Prisoners (or crap) approach to Freedom and Liberty. As Lew tells it....

Thoughts, visions, cartoons...


Some impertinent observations on Newtown.


And in case you haven't heard, click here for the latest on the Libertas Media Project

Sunday, December 23, 2012

What can you say?

Another Christmas present from Congress. This should be part of the obit for our beloved two-party system of freedom-loving, Constitution-respecting congressmen and senators.

But then there is this unexpected goodie hiding under the tree - from the incomparable Claire Wolfe. If there is a better writer out there, I haven't discovered him/her yet.

Friday, December 21, 2012

So what have I been up to?

Bodacious thanks to  Lew Rockwell and Tom Woods for helping me raise the curtain on The Next Big Thing! Feel free to drop me a line if you'd like to get involved and  spread the word. It's a big project requiring many hands.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

LOOK! Paul Harvey's back!!


Gun Control FACTS 

Are you considering backing gun control laws? Do you think that because you may not own a gun, the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment don't matter?
CONSIDER; In 1929 the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, approximately 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915-1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, the mentally ill, and others, who were unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million "educated" people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
That places total victims who lost their lives because of gun control at approximately 56 million in the last century. Since we should learn from the mistakes of history, the next time someone talks in favor of gun control, find out which group of citizens they wish to have exterminated.
It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed, a program costing the government more than $500 million dollars. The results Australia-wide; Homicides are up 3.2% Assaults are up 8 % Armed robberies are up 44% In that countries' state of Victoria, homicides with firearms are up 300%. Over the previous 25 years, figures show a steady decrease in armed robberies and Australian politicians are on the spot and at a loss to explain how no improvement in "safety" has been observed after such monumental effort and expense was successfully expended in "ridding society of guns."
It's time to state it plainly; Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws only affect the law-abiding citizens. Take action before it's too late, write or call your delegation.
OPINION
Paul Harvey's comment after Columbine: How can we blame it all on guns? For the life of me, I can't understand what could have gone wrong in Littleton, CO. If only the parents had kept their children away from the guns, we wouldn't have had such a tragedy.
Yeah, it must have been the guns. It couldn't have been because half our children are being raised in broken homes. It couldn't have been because our children get to spend an average of 30 seconds in meaningful conversation with their parents each day. After all, we give our children quality time.
It couldn't have been because we treat our children as pets and our pets as children.
It couldn't have been because we place our children in day care centers where they learn their socialization skills among their peers under the law of the jungle while employees who have no vested interest in the children look on and make sure that no blood is spilled.
It couldn't have been because we allow our children to watch, on the average, seven hours of television a day filled with the glorification of sex and violence that isn't fit for adult consumption.
It couldn't have been because we allow our children to enter into virtual worlds in which, to win the game, one must kill as many opponents as possible in the most sadistic way possible.
It couldn't have been because we have sterilized and contracepted our families down to sizes so small that the children we do have are so spoiled with material things that they come to equate the receiving of the material with love.
It couldn't have been because our children, who historically have been seen as a blessing from God, are now being viewed as either a mistake created when contraception fails or inconveniences that parents try to raise in their spare time.
It couldn't have been because we give two-year prison sentences to teenagers who kill their newborns.
It couldn't have been because our school systems teach the children that they are nothing but glorified apes who have evolutionized out of some primordial soup of mud by teaching evolution as fact and by handing out condoms as if they were candy.
It couldn't have been because we teach our children that there are no laws of morality that transcend us, that everything is relative and that actions don't have consequences. What the heck, the president gets away with it.
Nah, it must have been the guns.
-Paul Harvey

Monday, December 17, 2012

Before Newtown....

...there were these stories. Before anti-gun hysteria completely engulfs the "national debate", this review would be helpful and informative if not ignored and forgotten. 
Feinstein, Schumer, Bloomberg and all demanding new "gun control" laws must demonstrate unequivocally how the Newtown tragedy would have been prevented had those new laws been in force.

Ever notice how Politicians never explain how more laws will make criminals obey them?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Q&A

AP Reporting Brilliance:


"Among the questions: Why did his mother, a well-to-do suburban divorcee , keep a cache of high-power weapons in the house? What experience did Lanza have with those guns? And, above all, what set him on a path to go classroom-by-classroom, massacring 6- and 7-year-olds?"

Some answers:
"Why did his mother, a well-to-do suburban divorcee , keep a cache of high-power weapons in the house?"
Other than add irrelevance to the ignorance, what possible difference could the answer make? Cache? They were legally owned, legally purchased. What part of "reporting" is it to question the legal activities of an innocent citizen - other than, in this case, to further prejudice the alleged mind of another unthinking simpleton?

What experience did Lanza have with those guns? 
Stupid Question #2. What difference, what understanding, what relevance could the answer provide - unless the so-called reporter is looking for someone to blame? Had the murderer been "trained" thru NRA courses, then we've found the Bad Guy! Had the perp belonged to a "Club", the members would be "gun nuts"  culpable for not "recognizing the warning signs". How much "training" do you blithering AP "reporters" think it takes to shoot children point blank while trapped in a classroom?

And, above all, what set him on a path to go classroom-by-classroom, massacring 6- and 7-year-olds?
MSM morons "reporting" this unspeakable tragedy have yet to pursue the most obvious questions: Since  the murderer has been id'd by brother and others of having a "personality disorders", why haven't they identified and questioned his doctor? With previous mass murderers from the same demographic, we have ultimately, very quietly and dismissively learned at some point, these killers were on drugs. Not pot. Not coke. Not meth. But Ritalin, Prozac,Luvox, Zoloft ,Anafrani. You know, the stuff doctors prescribe to keep those noisy, rambunctious little boys from being little boys and disrupting the rest of the class.

Any Pulitzer Prize losing "journalists" bother to investigate that? Or is "Bushmaster", "Glock" and "Sig" sexier and more in harmony with agenda they'd rather push?

And now, a message of comfort from our President...


Directions to the next Newtown

Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it. "Wouldn't you say," she asked, "that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?" No, I said, I wouldn't say that. "But what about 'Basketball Diaries'?" she asked. "Doesn't that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machine gun?" The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office (it grossed only $2.5 million), and it's unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.
The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. "Events like this," I said, "if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. The kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn't have messed with me. I'll go out in a blaze of glory."
In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, the NBC Nightly News and all the other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of "explaining" them. I commended the policy at the Sun-Times, where our editor said the paper would no longer feature school killings on Page 1. The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.
From an unexpected source: Roger Ebert

Saturday, December 15, 2012

On Newtown


You cannot stop Crazy.
You cannot legislate a No Risk society.
The only way to stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday's Inconvenient Questions


What  if December 21 is just another day?
What if it isn’t?
Why are Republicans such political wimps? Where are the guts of the GOP?
Who is the Republican version of Debbie Wasseman-Schultz? Chuck Schumer? Harry Reid? Nancy Pelosi? 
Could an atheist or agnostic become President?
If you know something very wrong is happening in America, what are you doing to fix it?
If you’re a Union member, how do you justify the violence of your Brothers in Michigan? What is your problem with Free Choice? (No “talking points” allowed)
Do you say “I think…” or  “I feel….”? Why?
Name your best unique, affordable, available Christmas present? (Key word: unique).

Take your best shots in the Comments section!



Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Here's your Mayan Armageddon present!

OK - maybe I'm a tad early. But if you want to avoid the rush of all those "low information" skeptics poo-pooing next week's scheduled End of the World matinee, check this list right now, provided as a Public Service (in case the Mayans had some concept of Karma).

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Unions: slugs and thugs

If it hasn't made it to your InBox, see for yourself right here.

For years, I talked about union slugs and thugs who ran Toledo into a slum, along with their bought-and-paid-for elected scum. The Stupid Paper was and is in bed with slug "leadership" and blind eye TV "News" depts. remain unable or just not interested in getting the stories. Michigan is telling it for them: This is what organized labor looks like. This is what Neanderthal thuggery looks like.This is what Freedom of Choice looks like just before you become a Right To Work state.

Congrats Michigan! I didn't think ya had it in you!  Now Ohio businesses have lots of choices where to move! Kasich and the Ohio Republicans wouldn't have enough balls to do this if they owned a bowling alley.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

For your viewing pleasure - maybe

Back from celebrating the youngest 2nd significant birthday. Will catch up with commentary soon -- but not now.
In the meantime, please move to the edge of your seat for this remarkable show.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

OMG! Can you believe THIS?!?!?

Today's lead headline and story from AP:

Poll shows support for raising taxes on the rich
December 06, 2012 3:12 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans prefer letting tax cuts expire for the country's top earners, as President Barack Obama insists, while support has declined for cutting government services to curb budget deficits, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows. Fewer than half the Republicans polled favor continuing the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy.
There's also a reluctance to trim Social Security, Medicare or defense programs, three of the biggest drivers of federal spending, the survey released Wednesday found. The results could strengthen Obama's hand in his fiscal cliff duel with Republicans, in which he wants to raise taxes on the rich and cut spending by less than the GOP wants.
As Obama and Republicans joust over ways to avoid tumbling over the cliff when the new year begins, the poll offers scant evidence that the public is willing to sacrifice much when it comes to specific cuts in the name of budget austerity.

OMG and WTF! Who would have ever - ever -  predicted - according to a poll,  a majority of Americans are okey-dokey with raising taxes on someone else to pay for their goodies from Santa Government? Hey Progressives - where is your vaunted "fairness" in stealing from Producers and giving to Moochers? Is that even moral? You do have morals, don't you? Or is this the "Revenge" you voted for?
Americans (and the rest of the world irrevocably coupled to our economic engine) should be more concerned about the Great Washington Debt Hole our "leaders" have dug for us than the phony "cliff" that's been flogged into distortion by the same elected criminal element who created it -- but AP would have readers believe their poll results - aka Stupidity On Parade - "strengthen[s] Obama's hand". Because there's nothing like a mob of morons to beat down an informed discussion of pragmatic solutions.
Despite the mountain of irrefutable facts Obama's Marxist wet dream will have -0- effect on "cliffs" or holes, guaranteeing insufficient funds to alter the course on the Road to National Bankruptcy, ensuring immediately  worse economic conditions, resulting in less Leviathan Chow to feed future obligations, political pimps and media whores (see also: AP above) continue the  symbiotic spin of mis-truths, half-truths and outright lies to oblivious Government School Products and the unemployed graduates of No Clue U, living in their parents' basement.  Meanwhile, the masses of Low-Information citizens and their Aggressively Ignorant neighbors, happily participate in producing embarrassing poll results above, blithely unaware and uncaring about the long term fate that will eventually smother them and their children's children. 
"...  the public is willing to sacrifice much when it comes to specific cuts in the name of budget austerity." Really? Seriously? So "sacrifice includes the future of our children and grandchildren? Then, simply stated, supporting Obama is Child Abuse.

And I say that with all due respect.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tell me again

NOT this morning's lead story:

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a sneak attack, but not by the enemy they feared.
U.S. Army Capts. Joshua Lawrence and Drew Russell were inside a small command post on an Afghan army base, wrapping up a long day of coordinating the safe arrival of nearly 100 Afghan religious and tribal leaders for a peace conference at a nearby palace.
Darkness had fallen.
Some of their fellow soldiers had retired for the evening. Two stood guard.
All seemed well.
But as several soldiers sprawled on nearby cots, playing cards, the calm collapsed catastrophically at 9:27 p.m.
An exploding grenade shattered the stillness, followed in seconds by bursts of gunfire. Before any of the Americans could raise a hand to defend themselves, Lawrence was dead from a bullet to the head, and Russell was dying, shot three times in the back.
They were not killed by the Taliban, as the U.S.-led military coalition indicated the day after the Oct. 8, 2011, assault. Lawrence, 29, of Nashville, Tenn., and Russell, 25, of Scotts, Mich., were killed in what U.S. investigators later called a "calculated and coordinated" attack by Afghan soldiers entrusted to work alongside their U.S. partners.
This is the first published account of the attack and is based on internal Army records and interviews in the U.S. and Afghanistan.
For Russell's family, the anguish is still fresh. His father, Jim, said the loss was even harder to accept after learning from the Army's investigation report early this year that it was a supposed ally, not the Taliban, who killed his son.
"It wasn't like a battle, you know. He pretty much got ambushed," he said, pausing at length to settle his emotions. "That makes it difficult."

Tell me again how American soldiers are being killed in Afghanistan to "protect our rights". Tell me again how these two American deaths made you and your family more secure.Tell me again how squandering American blood and treasure in a land and on a people who want us dead, gone or both serves the cause of Freedom and Liberty anywhere. Hint: it doesn't. So tell me again exactly what it did accomplish.

Go ahead.

Hard Core Financial News from a Michigan friend in the business....

  "Since the election is over, perhaps I can now sum up the thoughts of many proven economists (without being accused of being political) as follows: There is an extremely good chance that the increased costs of Obamacare, the layoffs caused by Obamacare, the shortening of the work week caused by Obamacare, and the regulations of Obamacare, are going to lead to an economic contraction. As well, the cutting of Defense spending, inherent in the Fiscal Cliff, will, unlike cuts in entitlement spending, result in real job losses.
In additon, the increased taxes on the wealthy, which have, without exception, resulted in LOWER revenues to the IRS as well as more layoffs, should also adversely affect the economy...at least for the next year or so.
Government 'stimulus', which has been used to keep union and government workers employed, may continue to mask the overall job losses in private industry, and therefore prevent us from reaching the 'official' definition of a recession----but most economists, including [t]hose from Goldman and Forbes, feel that we will approach a recession in 2013"

Invest wisely.


Not to be missedPETA Crashes Biker Gathering

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday Goody Basket

Alrighty then...who ordered the lobotomy?

Thought For The Day:  "There is no arguing with conjecture".

Recent headlines:

* In attempt to recover $2 billion loss, JP Morgan Chase renames itself Chasebook
 Elizabeth Warren claims kinship to Sitting Bull; receives Indian name Lying Cow
*WH news briefing cut short after Jay Carney's pants spontaneously combust

From the High Tech Toy Dept.,, something new and (potentially) useful - IF used properly.
(NB: The Big IF)

Are you a golpher? Do you understand Obamanomics? Wanna see how Obamanomics works when applied to your next round? h/t MP

Regarding our current financial  situation...Here’s a question: If I give you 50¢ and as a result of that transaction, you owe me $1.00, what interest rate have I charged you? Obviously, I’ve charged you 100% interest and I don’t give a rat’s ass about you or your kids. I’m pure evil and you’re pure stupid. But believe it or not, this kind of master-slave arrangement isn’t enough to satisfy a true narcissist. The narcissist needs to be exalted for his actions, no matter how unjust. 
Just sayin'....

In Norts Spews - The Dawgs missed the Upset Of The Century by just a few yards and seconds in the SEC Championship Game. Quandary: If you went to LSU, who do ya root for: the hated, over-rated, over-exalted, over-everything ND Golden Domers? Or the equally despised Tide and their #%!@** coach? Problem solved courtesy of uber-DAWG Fan Al Mulkern: Root for the Tide. Keep the Title in the SEC. Drive sports nerds crazy. 
Works for me -- altho I will have a large bottle of Lavoris nearby.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Weekend Report: Hey! Hey! It's The Monkees!

Back from Computercrashville with a Review of "An Evening with The Monkees" Concert (New Brunswick, NJ).

All the way back in August, I promised Cassie for her upcoming and highly anticipated birthdayChristamsNewYear'sSuperBowlanniversaryValentine'sDayGroundHogDay, I would secure, transport and accompany her to the Last Monkees Concert, New Brunswick, NJ (prior to the Real Big Really Last "The Monkees" Concert in NYC). Faithful and True to my word, Friday evening there I was: 20 rows away from Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz sitting next to the original President of the Official Northern New Jersey "The Monkees" Fan Club, Cassie Wilson. Ms. Wilson was attractively adorned sporting an Exclusive "Davy Jones Memorial" Pendant (imposing plastic heart with "Davy Jones" inscribed across it blinking bright red from her decollage). This signified a status of loyalty and devotion not found on anyone else in the Sold-Out SRO audience. Attendees weren't the only ones noticing. Noticing the former President, the 3 surviving performers also acknowledged from the stage, having been interviewed by Ms. Wilson at several times over the years. Ms. Wilson also enjoyed a brief conversation with the reclusive Mr. Nesmith concerning a certain pair of "sparkly boots" he wore for the occasion.

As a former DJ, I was only familiar with The Monkees signature hits but will use this quasi-public forum to admit the less-familiar (aka downright unknown) to me tunes they performed were quite good to the point of outstanding ( example:"You May Be The One").

I noted Ms. Wilson knew all the words of all the songs including the more obscure "deep album cuts" the too-young-to-know "critics" wrote about critically. Except for the occasional squeal and giggle, jump up, sit down and wave madly, Ms. Wilson was comparatively demure throughout the performance.
Mostly.

Preceded by a magnificent Italian dinner, a good great swell fantastic time was had by all. Well...at least the two of us!

In other news, look for a resumption of pithy comments, inconvenient observations and uncomfortable questions to be posted shortly. But first, back to Remedial Computer Restoration - or similar.